Over the past 3 weeks I have travelled to the Philippines with Elim Missions Team made up of Viv Halliwell, Samantha Barnes, and James Price and was a guest speaker at the Elim Wellington Region Combined Youth Camp.
In the Philippines I was deeply encouraged and blessed by the Living Epistle of Jesus Community Church in Bauan, Batangas. This is the church we connected with in order to send funds to support the families affected by the Tacloban Typhoon in 2013. The team was able to hear about how the money was used to support the Pastors from over 60 churches. One Pastor who lost his wife and two children simply cried when he received the financial assistance. A full report will be sent out soon now that Ps Edgar has recovered from his illness.
We were also able to witness first-hand the wonderful work that Ps Edgar and Beth Martin and the LEOJCC do for their community and the surrounding region. They run a weekly feeding programme for Primary aged children in the slums of the surrounding area which involves activities and lots of spiritual input. The church also runs another programme on behalf of the Government designed to support those families who live below minimum wage. There were 44 families represented when we visited. We heard the heart of the Pastor for church planting and evangelism and felt a real connection. I am so excited about what God will do in this new relationship with our church. We are already discussing plans to return next year so pray and let me know if you would like to be a part of this.
The Philippines Missions Team will be sharing at the 10am service this Sunday and 5pm service next Sunday so come along and hear more about what God is doing.
Also last week I spoke at the Elim Wellington Region Combined Youth Camp. It was a fantastic event, so many unchurched kids gave their hearts to the Lord and were baptised in the Holy Spirit and many going to new levels in the walks with Jesus. And then on Sunday I spoke at Elim International Church led by Ps Ric and Marissa Knott. They are such great pastors and do a wonderful work in Wellington. A personal highlight of the service was leading a family member, whose wife is a close friend of ours, to the Lord.
The one thing I’ve definitely been reminded of these past three weeks is that we, as the children of God, are blessed to be a blessing. In us all is the power to reach out and touch someone’s life in a positive and real way. So keep believing that God will use you, where you are, with what you have. You are truly blessed to be a blessing.